Today’s figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) confirm that revenue from overseas visitors to Ireland grew by +9% in 2016 to €4.5 billion – an additional €360 million for the economy compared to 2015. Total overseas visitors also grew by +9% – an additional 679,000 visitors when compared with the previous year, with good growth from all of our market areas.
Welcoming the figures published today, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s CSO figures are really strong. Our focus now is very much on 2017. Our aim is to grow overseas tourism revenue this year by +4.5%, to €5.7 billion, for the island of Ireland. Our promotions received a tremendous boost last week, with our Global Greening initiative for traditionally marks the real start of the tourism season for us and we took every opportunity to capitalise on Ireland’s heightened profile.”
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